Australian Native Plants

  Archontophoenix alexandrae (Alexandra Palm)


Archontophoenix alexandrae photo
Archontophoenix alexandrae

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Archontophoenix alexandrae photo
Alexandra palms in the Tropical Rainforest section of the Australian Plant Communities in Brisbane Botanic Gardens.

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Archontophoenix alexandrae photo
Archontophoenix alexandrae fruiting with Sulphur-crested Cockatoos feeding

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ALEXANDRA PALM FACTS

distribution map showing range of Archontophoenix alexandrae in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Common Name
Alexandra Palm

Other Names
Alexander palm, King palm, Northern Bangalow Palm

Description
The Alexandra Palm is an elegant self-cleaning palm with a pale green crownshaft. The pinnate fronds are green above and paler silvery green below, and grow to about two metres long. The trunk is grey and ringed and often enlarged at the base. It produces large creamy white flowers clusters from the base of the crownshaft. The fruit is red berries about 1 cm in diameter. It is a popular garden palm in cultivation. It is similar to the Piccabeen Palm which has green underside to the leaves instead of silvery colour, and usually has a less swollen base.

Height
15m - 25m

Spread
fronds 2m - 3m

Habitat
coastal rainforest

Distribution
Archontophoenix alexandrae is found in central and northern Queensland



Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Arecales
Family:Arecaceae
Genus:Archontophoenix
Species:alexandrae
Common Name:Alexandra Palm


Relatives in same Genus
  Archontophoenix cunninghamiana
  Archontophoenix maxima
  Archontophoenix myolensis
  Archontophoenix purpurea